HomeWorks Trenton


HomeWorks Trenton is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides an after school boarding program to underserved middle and high school girls in Trenton, NJ. We are a supplement to the Trenton public school system, providing the social-emotional and academic enrichment opportunities of a traditional boarding school without the socio-economic limitations. Our students attend public school during the day and come to HomeWorks once they are dismissed. Here, they receive mentorship and strong academic support, participate in community-oriented activities, and stay overnight in a stable home environment. They board from Sunday nights till Friday mornings so they can re-connect with their families on the weekends. HomeWorks provides underserved students with opportunities that are typically found outside of their urban communities. We are a local solution to a local problem.

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    Madelyn Baron '18

    Mattie is a senior at Princeton University majoring in mechanical engineering. She is originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado and has two sisters. On campus, she is a sprinter on the varsity track and field team. Mattie enjoys mentorship, so she is a part of several organizations that allow her to do this including Student Athlete Wellness Leaders, Engineering Interactors, and Outdoor Action. Last summer, Mattis was an intern at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where she worked for the Division of Engineering to prepare equipment to be used in neural engineering. Mattie is inspired by the power of education to improve quality of life. This lead her to teach English in Dehradun, India for the organization ANKURI in the summer of 2016. She is excited to continue working towards quality education for all this summer at HomeWorks. 

    Program: 2018 eLab Summer Accelerator

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    Kiley Coates '20

    Kiley Coates is a sophomore from South Carolina. She is a prospective Geosciences major, with an interest in pursuing the Environmental Studies certificate. On campus, she is a SIFP fellow, Princeton Hidden Minority Council’s secretary, and a mentor and outreach officer for the Princeton Association of Undergraduate Women in STEM. She is also an advisor for Matriculate, an organization dedicated to empowering high-achieving, low-income students through the college application process. Being a first-generation/low-income student (FLI), Kiley is incredibly passionate about education access and hopes to use the resources Princeton has given her to encourage others to empower themselves through education.

    Program: 2018 eLab Summer Accelerator

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    Gagandeep Kaur '20

    Gagan Kaur is a sophomore Philosophy major at Princeton. She’s from California and misses the warmth! On campus, Gagan works for a variety of volunteer organizations, including Community House Big Sibs, the Petey Greene Program, and she works as a fellow at the Access Ability Center. She’s deeply interested in issues of mental health, incarceration, and education, and very excited to be able to focus on the issue of education while working with HomeWorks this summer.

    Program: 2018 eLab Summer Accelerator

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    Elijah Sumners '18

    Elijah graduated with a Bachelors degree in Political Science at Rutgers University. He has worked as a intern at the Freedom School, a Civil Rights-era program founded out of necessity for African American students in the South to receive equal access to education. Freedom Schools program plays a much needed role in helping to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps. It is a subsidiary of the Childhood Defense Fund, a nonprofit child advocacy organization that works. As an intern there, he helped rising sixth graders from the inner-city develop and strengthen their reading comprehension skills. Additionally, he worked as the Program Director at The Lawrenceville School Camp. It provides a traditional summer camp experience to children from Trenton and the surrounding area. As Program Director he oversaw the the daily operations of 120 campers and over 50 staff members. Most recently, he worked as a Project Assistant on the Burlington County Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Board through the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs. He helped research ways to decrease juvenile arrests in within three municipalities while watching trends and practices in other counties in New Jerseys. His hobbies include cycling, playing soccer, and reading.

    Program: 2018 eLab Summer Accelerator

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    Natalie Tung '18

    Natalie is a senior from Hong Kong studying English with a certificate in Teacher prep. On campus, she is on the Varsity Women’s squash team and is formally involved with Camp Kesem and the Big-sib Little-sib program. She is currently an assistant coach for Princeton Junior Squash and has had experiences in teaching young students English, Math and Chinese. For the past two summers, Natalie served as the Residential Coordinator of The Lawrenceville Summer Scholars Program, where she spent the year developing the staff and organizational structure of the program and oversaw ~160 students during the summer. Natalie’s dream is to be a High School English teacher where she can influence teenagers in their formative years. She is also hoping to use social entrepreneurship to address education challenges around the world. As a boarding school graduate, Natalie is grateful of the privileges and opportunities she had been given and dreams to make boarding experience possible for underprivileged youth. In February 2016, she took Marty Johnson’s Social Entrepreneurship class at Princeton, where she partnered with Brenaea Fairchild 16’, to develop the idea of HomeWorks.

    Program: 2018 eLab Summer Accelerator